Fujitsu Expands Akashi System Center with New Modular Data Center Facilities

Fujitsu recently expanded the Akashi System Center with two new modular data centers to support the company's business continuity and cloud services.

Fujitsu recently announced the opening of two new facilities to support the company’s growing service footprint in Western Japan. The structures, deployed at the Akashi System Center, leverage Fujitsu’s modular data center technology.

Organizations within the industry rely on modular data centers for their efficiency and flexibility, and Fujitsu’s new facilities are no different. The data center campus aims to improve the company’s business continuity and cloud services for local customers.

Modular Data Centers Expand Existing Site
The two new modular data center facilities were deployed next to the existing data center, which was built in 1997. Today Fujitsu operates 68 data centers in Japan and 40 other facilities outside the country which can be linked to meet customer demands for global expansion.

The additional data centers allow Fujitsu to quickly and easily grow its existing site as the modular design leverages fast construction and deployment. With the new additions, the campus now features a seismic isolation modular data center designed to support mission-critical systems operations. The site also includes a second earthquake-resistant modular facility, which is a standard-spec structure designed to balance cost of operations and service quality.

The new facilities were established in response to a need for increased business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, which came to light in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.

“In expanding the Akashi System Center, Fujitsu used modular data center technology and situated data centers with different specifications at the same location to be able to meet a variety of data center needs,” the company stated.

Key Elements of the Modular Data Center Additions
The modular seismic isolation facility is a three-story structure that currently supports 500 racks of IT equipment, however, the company plans to expand it to 1,000 racks in the near future. Additionally, the data center features a state-of-the-art cooling system utilizing outside air, as well as emergency generators to prevent downtime in the event of utility interruption. The data center also includes industry leading security features such as biometric scanners and electrically locked rack systems for optimal data security.

The additional earthquake resistant modular facility is a one-story data center with the ability to support up to 600 racks of equipment and also has a redundant uninterruptable power supply and seismic isolation facilities available for customers seeking boosted business continuity solutions.

Industry Recognition for Sustainability
Earlier this year, Fujitsu received the Green IT Award for data center sustainability from the Green IT Promotion Council of Japan. It illustrates the company’s dedication to providing efficient, environmentally friendly solutions to meet customer demands.